There’s no time like the third-to-last game of the season for the Nets to push to make some history.
The threes just kept coming. The Nets had 10 threes before halftime, Quincy Acy drilled a career-high six and even Jarrett Allen joined the party with a three of his own!
Before we knew it, the Nets surpassed their previous franchise record for threes (which was at 21), but Brooklyn had time left to break the NBA record (25, set by the Cavs in 2017).
Holding as large as a 32-point lead against a Bulls team with no Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Robin Lopez or Lauri Markkanen, the Nets used the end of the game to have some fun. With the end of the Nets bench getting action, Timofey Mozgov put up five points and five rebounds in seven minutes and Nik Stauskas added a three to put the Nets at 24 threes, where they ended at on the night.
No one was having more fun than Brooklyn’s bench and that group of fans that sat behind Ian Eagle and Sarah Kustok. Everyone went wild as Acy accumulated his career-high 21 points in 23 minutes.
The Nets were THIS close to tying the NBA record for threes in a game — thanks to Spencer Dinwiddie. With under a minute left, Dinwiddie (who was 2-of-9 from three on the night) saw his shot bounce around the rim and out, leaving Brooklyn in the history books with 24 three-pointers.
Along with the 24 threes, the Nets set another franchise record with 15 straight games with 10+ three-pointers made. This is coming off a game where the Nets had 19 threes on Thursday.
Success came for the Nets two days ago through crisp ball movement, and that was the case again Saturday. The Nets recorded a season-high 36 assists on 46 field goals with 15 turnovers. Brooklyn reduced the mistakes and capitalized on an undermanned Bulls team.
This was a fun one for the Nets, and they see the Bulls again on Monday for the home closer. Brooklyn is 4-2 in its last six games, but Chicago will be looking for some revenge. After shooting 43.6 percent from distance, we’ll see if the Nets saved some threes for their last two season matchups.
The stats: 16 PTS, 6-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 TOV, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 29 MIN
Chris Shearn said it best in the YES postgame — Joe Harris has been balling. Forget the threes — Joe just put up back-to-back six-assist games. Oh, and he was 4-of-5 from three.
Nobody is finishing their season stronger than Joe Harris.
The stats: 13 PTS, 5-7 FG, 2-2 3FG, 1-1 FT, 1 REB, 8 AST, 3 TOV, 3 STL, 24 MIN
Speaking of assists, Caris LeVert was dishing better than anyone. His eight assists led the team on the way to a season-high 36, which Kenny Atkinson highlighted as the best stat of the night. With an efficient shooting night too, LeVert gave solid minutes off the bench.
The stats: 20 PTS, 7-15 FG, 5-14 3FG, 1-1 FT, 2 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 22 MIN
With perhaps the quietest 20-point, five-three-pointer game ever, Allen Crabbe did his thing. That’s his 15th game this season with 20+ points. He’s playing right into his role and the starting lineup is clicking.